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BigRedChief
10-16-2004, 02:22 PM
Story off of CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/10/15/unit.investigation.ap/index.html

DanT
10-16-2004, 06:01 PM
Thanks for the update, BigRedChief!

Here are the last few paragraphs from this article:

A coalition spokesman in Baghdad said "a small number of the soldiers involved chose to express their concerns in an inappropriate manner, causing a temporary breakdown in discipline."

Military officials said the commanding general of the 13th Corps Support Command, Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, had appointed his deputy, Col. Darrell Roll, to investigate and a team under Roll's command was questioning soldiers about the incident.

On Wednesday, 19 members of the platoon did not show up for a scheduled 7 a.m. meeting in Tallil, in southeastern Iraq, to prepare for the fuel convoy's departure a few hours later, a military statement said.

The mission was carried out by other soldiers from the 343rd, which has at least 120 soldiers, the military said.

A commanding general has since ordered the 343rd to undergo a "safety-maintenance stand down," during which it will conduct no further missions as the unit's vehicles are inspected, the military said.

The platoon has troops from Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina.

go bowe
10-16-2004, 06:06 PM
while i can certainly sympathize with the soldiers who refused to go, they chose a way that's going to have some consequences...

the military simply can't allow people to pick and choose whether they will perform an assigned mission...

listopencil
10-16-2004, 10:00 PM
Well this is an interseting update, isn't it?